Mario Tennis Aces

The Future of Switch looks bright for Nintendo

Recently, Nintendo showcased the latest games coming to Switch via Nintendo Direct, the company’s online video presentation system. You can look forward to playing many of the games soon, as they will be released within the next three months.

With last year’s success of the new portable home console, Nintendo Switch, which had multiple big hitters in 2017 such as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey and Splatoon 2, last year is a tough year to follow. But, in January Nintendo gave us a glimpse of the beginning of their 2018 lineup via Nintendo Direct Mini, a shorter, similarly formatted version of the Nintendo Direct video announcements of the latest insider news for their players.

Before Switch, most games were released on the Wii U, which is infamously known to have underperformed. Dated hardware, little to no third-party support, horrible advertisements, and slow rollout of first party games, made the Wii U a big miss for Nintendo. Although the first party games on the system were good games, they all came out far too late in the system’s life cycle for people to actually pick them up.

On Jan. 17 Nintendo also showed off something completely different, the Nintendo Labo. Part of the Toy-Con series, the Labo is a buildable cardboard toy that the user assembles at home and plays  through a Nintendo Switch gaming system.

You build a fishing pole out of pre-cut sheets of cardboard that come with the software, and play the game using the cardboard fishing rod. Labo seems to be aimed toward kids but I can see a niche audience of adults enjoying it. Games such as Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (May 4),  Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition (May 18), and Dark Souls are coming to Nintendo Switch, while Mario Tennis Aces is coming out this year on June 22.

The March Nintendo Direct announcement lasted a little more than a half hour and gave us more information about the future of the Switch; most notably, a release date for Hyrule Warriors (May 18), some other ports coming to the Switch such as the Wii U game Captain Toad, the hit indie game Undertale, and Okami, remastered in HD, over the next few months.

We can expect an expansion for Splatoon 2, the Octo Expansion, Mario Tennis Aces, and probably the highlight of the show, a new Super Smash Bros. coming to Switch. So far the future of Switch is looking bright, and I’m excited to see what they have in store for E3, the Electronic Entertainment Expo, in the coming months. There truly is a little something for everyone coming to Nintendo’s new system.

by Ryan Pong, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Twitter: @ryanbpong

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